Israeli forces have uprooted dozens of Palestinian olive trees in the occupied West Bank as part of plans to resume constructing a separation wall that snakes across occupied Palestinian territories and isolates large swathes of them from areas where Israeli occupants are concentrated.
A delegation of European Union diplomats on Tuesday visited the Christian majority village of Beit Jala near Bethlehem to assess recent Israeli efforts to go ahead with a segment of the separation wall that would cut through the village's territory.
David Hearst is editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He was chief foreign leader writer of The Guardian, former Associate Foreign Editor, European Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, European Correspondent, and Ireland Correspondent. He joined The Guardian from The Scotsman, where he was education correspondent.
A number of pro-Palestine protests were organised across several European cities last Saturday in support of the Palestinian people facing continuous Israeli assaults. Tens of Palestinians were killed while hundreds of others were either detained or injured in Jerusalem, occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result.